March 11, 2015 at 1:45AM
WHICH CAMERA STABILIZER DO YOU TAKE? WHY?
For more than three decades Steadicam has represented the vanguard of mobile, off-tripod camera support technology. There’s been little challenge from new technology in the intervening years.
Like anything in the production industry, new technologies and equipment come and go in crazes. Recent years’ big talking point has definitely come from the introduction of the handheld, 3-axis camera stabilizer. When Freefly first released their revolutionary brush-less gimbal technology, in their Movi M10 it turned a lot of heads in the industry.
http://freeflysystems.com/products/movi/m10/ (link is external)
When the MōVI came to market, it changed the video world instantly. It was, quite simply, an unimaginably amazing stabilization rig that looked to defy physics.
It didn’t take long that other manufacturers seen a gap in the market and could utilize Freefly’s pricey rigs with lower costing rigs of their own. Some designs however are clearly lacking the precision and durability. However, this is not the case for all of the copycats out there. Ronin and MOZA for example.
As technology advances, it’s normal for photographers and cinematographers to use smaller and lighter DSLRS to shooting videos, such as Sony A7s GH4 and Canon 5D. They requires light-weighting and portable camera stabilizer too.
What camera stabilizer do you use? Do you find it useful? What’s your opinion?